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Would You Want Your Child to Be Required to Learn Arabic in School?

Two Texas schools have scrapped their plans for mandatory Arabic classes. Credit: Joseph Barrak, AFP / Getty Images
Studying a foreign language is a good thing. As far as I know, students are required to take at least a couple of...
Two schools in Texas were about to make classes in Arabic language and culture mandatory, but the program is on hold after protests from parents.

Should Schools Be Teaching Creationism?

An apple for the teacher, or Eve? Credit: Getty Images Evolution. Creationism. Unlike chocolate and peanut butter, these are not typically thought of as two great tastes that taste great together. (You also don't eat them, but you know...Thirteen percent of bio teachers "explicitly advocate creationism," using "at least an hour of class time presenting it in a positive light."

In Tough Times, Middle Class Families Rely on Public Programs, Report Says

Preschool and health insurance are two factors found to be crucial to a child's future well-being. Credit: Getty If you're having trouble making ends meet these days, you're probably among the growing ranks of parents whose income has...The income gap between middle-class and high-income families has grown by more than 50 percent since 1985.

American Kids Really Stink at Science, Obama Tells Nation

President Obama said America is trailing other nations when it comes to math and science education in his State of the Union address. Credit: Tim Sloan, AFP/Getty Images In his State of the Union address Jan. 25, President Obama said...It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize America's not turning out a lot of rocket scientists.

Did You Like What President Obama Said About Education?

Credit: Nicholas Kamm, AFP/Getty Images We've been talking a lot about education on the Chatterbox recently. Perhaps President Obama is a fan, since he talked quite a bit about education in last night's State of the Union Address....
He emphasized the importance of parents in the educational process, saying that "It's family that first instills the love of learning in a child. Only parents can make sure the TV is turned off and homework gets done."

How Involved Are You In Your Child's School?

Are you an involved parent? Credit: Getty Images Parental involvement at school these days has gone way beyond the PTA. At Central Falls High School in Rhode Island, one mom, Maria Cristina Betancur, is at the school entrance every day...Is increased parental involvement at school a growing trend?

Would You Want the 10 Commandments Displayed at Your Child's School?

Thou shalt not display at school? Credit: Rob Sheridan, Flickr The Giles County School Board in Virginia recently voted to display the 10 Commandments at area schools. Many parents complained, and the displays were removed. Then some...Is it wrong to display the 10 Commandments, a religious document, at a public school?

Cursive Handwriting Getting Erased as Schools Teach Typing Over Script

Writing things out by hand? Don't make us LOL. Credit: Getty With the mass adoption of text messaging as a form of communication over the past 10 years, educators and linguists have lamented the butchering of the English language by...Kids are learning to text and type as cursive becomes a thing of the past.

Should Teachers Grade Parents?

As a parent, what kind of grade would you earn? Credit: Corbis
Everyone thinks that parents should be involved in their child's education. But should teachers give parents grades?
This story isn't as wacky as Texas cops giving...
Rep. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) "is sponsoring a bill that would require teachers to give parents in Florida a grade for how involved they are with their child's education."

Report Card Day Could Include Grades for Parents Under Proposed Florida Bill

Kids may not be the only ones receiving report cards in Florida. Credit: Getty Ever feel like your kid's teacher is judging you based on how many field trips you've chaperoned, what you pack in his lunch box or the state of Junior's...Florida bill could have teachers grading parents as well as students.

Colleges Offering Scholarships for LGBT Students

Some colleges are offering LGBT students scholarships. Credit: Getty Looking for a college experience that will embrace your lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender child? Some schools are making it known that they accept diversity --...Colleges are showing they respect diversity by offering LGBT students scholarships.

Amazing Kid: Jessica Markowitz

Jessica Markowitz started raising money to help send Rwandan girls to school when she was just 11 years old. Credit: Lori Markowitz Amazing Kid: Jessica Markowitz Age: 15 Grade: 10th Home Town: Seattle School: Garfield High...Jessica Markowitz started raising money to help send Rwandan girls to school when she was just 11 years old.

British Kids Youngest Ever to Publish Scientific Study in UK Journal

I Scientist film from Storymakers TV on Vimeo.
If your fourth grader hasn't yet been published in a major scientific journal, sorry, but she's just been bested by a group of kids in the United Kingdom. Twenty-five kids between the ages of 8...
Really young scientists have their work published in a prestigious British journal.

Proposed Bill Would Incorporate LGBT Info in Public School Curriculum

The new bill would rewrite the history books to include LGBT history and contributions. Credit: Corbis
Abraham Lincoln. Rosa Parks. John F. Kennedy. Harvey Milk?
If a California state senator has his way, the state's public schools...
The California bill would require gay history to be added to the books.

Adults Blame Parents for Education Problems

More people are blaming parents for low test scores instead of teachers. Credit: Getty Images SEATTLE (AP) - Blaming teachers for low test scores, poor graduation rates and the other ills of American schools has been popular lately,...Blaming teachers for low test scores, poor graduation rates and the other ills of American schools has been popular lately, but a new survey wags a finger closer to home.

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